Day 1: Australia – – Cape Town
Head to the airport and board a South African Airlines flight to Cape Town.
Day 2: Cape Town
Welcome! You have arrived for your incredible African safari tour and will be met at the airport by a tour representative. A transfer takes you to the hotel and the rest of the day after check-in is free time.
Day 3: Cape Town (B)
Meet your tour guide after breakfast at the hotel and set out for your first full day of the trip. Your destination is the Cape Winelands. This area is planted with centuries-old vineyards and features incredible mountain scenery. There is no set itinerary to follow today, so whether you choose to visit the estates of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek, or take in the region’s historical landmarks can be determined by the group upon arrival. Return to Cape Town in the afternoon.
Day 4: Cape Town (B)
Tick off a trip to one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature: Table Mountain. From the mountain’s summit there are spectacular views across Cape Town’s skyline and surrounding area. Afterwards, take a drive along Millionaire’s Paradise to Camps Bay, towards Hout Bay. Follow the coast-hugging Chapman’s Peak Drive (if open) and admire the impressive ocean views. There is a visit to the Cape of Good Hope in the afternoon.
Day 5: Cape Town – Hermanus (B)
Bid goodbye to Cape Town as you depart for Hermanus after breakfast. This breathtaking coastal route takes the group to the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden. You will also see the small breeding colony of African penguins at Stoney Point. Indulge in a wine tasting session at a boutique winery in the Hemel en Aarde area before arriving in Hermanus.
Day 6: Hermanus – Oudtshoorn (B)
Explore the clifftop paths of Hermanus and admire the views of Walker Bay this morning. Those travelling between July and November may even be able to spot whales in season. Lunch is taken in Barrydale and the group continues to Oudtshoorn for the night.
Day 7: Oudtshoorn – Knysna (B)
Delve underground to marvel at the limestone formations of Cango Caves, and then partake in a guided tour of an ostrich farm. The latter is sure to explain why Oudtshoorn has been dubbed the ostrich capital of the world. Move from Oudtshoorn to Knysna, crossing the Outeniqua Pass along the way.
Day 8: Knysna (B, L)
Board a cruise on the sparkling Knysna Lagoon towards nearby Featherbed Nature Reserve. You will return to Knysna for lunch and then have the afternoon as free time.
Day 9: Knysna – Tsitsikamma (B)
Travel to Plettenberg Bay for a thrilling ocean safari experience. Be on the lookout for seals and bottlenose and common dolphins during summer, or humpback and southern right whales in the wintertime. The group reaches Storms River in the afternoon.
Optional: Bungee Jump at Bloukrans Bridge
Get your heart pumping with one of South Africa’s quintessential adventure activities: a bungee jump from Bloukrans Bridge. Please note this is weather dependent. Additional cost applies.
Day 10: Tsitsikamma – Port Elizabeth – – Durban (B)
Appreciate the natural beauty of Tsitsikamma National Park and take in the views of the Indian Ocean from Storms River Mouth. The tour then journeys to the airport in Port Elizabeth for a one-way flight to Durban. A tour representative meets you in Durban and assists with the hotel transfer. Tonight’s accommodation is located on the north coast of KwaZulu-Natal.
Day 11: Durban – Zululand (B, D)
Make out for the small village of St. Lucia to the north of Durban. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and there is a cruise on the village’s lake to help you fully soak in the area’s natural bounty. Plus, it is great for photography opportunities, too – be on the lookout for pods of hippos, elusive Nile crocodiles, and ample birdlife. The next stop on today’s agenda is a private game reserve where you will enjoy an afternoon game drive. Unwind in the evening over a sundowner and relax as you take in the exquisite sun set.
Day 12: Zululand – Swaziland (B)
Wake up with a steaming cup of coffee or tea; the perfect fuel for an early morning game drive on your quest to see Africa’s Big 5 (leopard, lion, rhino, Cape buffalo, elephant). Breakfast is followed by crossing into Swaziland, an independent kingdom entirely located within the borders of South Africa. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Day 13: Swaziland – Mpumalanga Province (B, D)
Pay a visit to a local chief’s village to learn about traditional Swazi culture. Cross back into South Africa and drive to the Sabie River Valley.
Day 14: Mpumalanga (B, D)
Take in the scenic Panorama Route today. This view-blessed drive encompasses some of South Africa’s most stunning sites, including God’s Window, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and Three Rondavels at Blyde River Canyon. Head to Kapama Private Game Reserve for another open-vehicle safari, accompanied by an expert ranger and tracker.
Day 15: Mpumalanga (B, L, D)
Today starts in spectacular fashion: an early morning safari drive. Keep a keen eye out for any wildlife you’ve not yet spotted – and don’t neglect smaller creatures or birdlife. Return to the lodge to relax, and then gather for an afternoon high tea and another safari experience. Expect to see a different side to the reserve as the reserve’s residents begin to come out as darkness falls.
Day 16: Mpumalanga – Hoedspruit – – Australia (B)
A final early morning game drive kickstarts your last full day in South Africa. Return to the lodge for brunch, and then be transferred to Hoedspruit’s Eastgate Airport to board a return flight to Australia, connecting via Johannesburg.
Day 17: Australia
Arrive in Australia today.